Never before has the environment around education catering been so pioneering.
Who would have thought that of all the differing categories of catering that education would prove to be the most dynamic, arguably even more so than the restaurant sector.
An evolutionary demand for more care of vulnerable youth has led to increasing legislation from government.
Meanwhile, for reasons it seems that no one understands, the prevalence of allergies becomes more widespread, particularly amongst the young. Adding to these circumstances, a youthful enthusiasm by school pupils for the environment and we have a cocktail of change and demand that today’s education caterers have to cope with.
For caterers working in further and higher education, competition from
the High Street is fierce. Young adults demand choice at affordable prices
and they expect your offering to be up-to-date with the latest food trends.
We can help with street food concepts, world cuisine and meal deals to
keep your customers coming back for more.
Similarly, for Early Years caterers, we can help with planning the weekly nutritional intake to ensure everything children eat is of the best quality and, most importantly, enjoyable.
School checklist for COVID19
We appreciate how many changes schools are having to make to keep children and staff safe. This checklist is designed particularly for schools who self-manage their catering provision. It is to help school leaders and their catering teams make decisions that are right for their schools so that pupils can continue to benefit from good, nutritious school food.
With careful thought and planning, it should be possible to make sure school lunchtime is an enjoyable experience, time spent sharing good food with peers and teachers.
This checklist should be used in conjunction with other issued guidance and advice, especially around social distancing, food safety guidance specific to COVID19 and enhanced cleaning regimes in schools. It is critical that it is used in conjunction with schools risk assessment polices. See link at the end of this document.
Back to School
With mandatory attendance from the start of the new academic year but without clear guidelines for schools on how food provision operations should run, catering teams will be feeling the pressure.
It’s always a challenge to feed children nutritious and tasty meals that they will actually eat while adhering to the School Food Standards, working to tight budget constraints and retaining good staff in the kitchen.
Our Back to School brochure has everything from food and packaging solutions to useful information links and the latest government advice so you need to feel confident you've got it right.
Food for Life
We are an accredited Food for Life Supplier.
The Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark is cited within the school food standards as a framework that helps cooks and caterers to show they meet the school food standards as well as demonstrate their commitment to serving fresh, traceable, sustainably sourced food.
The Food for Life Served Here Award is designed specifically for caterers – an independent endorsement certified by the Soil Association. It enables caterers to show that they are taking steps to improve the food they serve, using fresh ingredients which are free from trans-fats and harmful additives, and follow good animal welfare guidelines.